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Dumbletonius characterifer
Dumbletonius charactifer female.jpg
Female specimen
Dumbletonius charactifer male.jpg
Male specimen
Scientific classification
  • Hepialus characterifer Walker, 1865
  • Oxycanus impletus Walker, 1865
  • Porina mairi Buller, 1873

Dumbletonius characterifer is a species of moth of the family Hepialidae. It is endemic to New Zealand. It was first described by Francis Walker in 1865.

The wingspan is 56–70 mm for males and 72–95 mm for females. There is a complex ocellate pattern with bicoloured scales on the forewings. The hindwings are dark brown. Adults are on wing from November to April. D. characterifer is present in the Waikato, Taupo, Taranaki, Wairarapa, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough and Marlborough Sounds, Buller and Westland regions.

The larvae feed on leaf litter.

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